- Auxiliary Books
- The Trumpet of the Swan
- Trouble According to Humphrey
- The Indian in the Cupboard
- Because of Winn-Dixie
- The BFG
- Love That Dog
- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
- A Cricket in Times Square
- A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears
- Bud, Not Buddy
- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
- Island of Blue Dolphins
- In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
- The World According to Humphrey
- The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
- My Side of the Mountain
- The Lemonade War
- The Enormous Egg
- Hate That Cat
- A Long Way from Chicago
- The Mouse and the Motorcycle
- Mr. Popper’s Penguins
- The Phantom Tollbooth
- Charlotte’s Web
- The Witches
- James and the Giant Peach
Hate That Cat
Another quick poetry novel from Sharon Creech. A sequel to Love That Dog. Can they be read together, in succession? You bet. We recommend it.
Creech returns the erstwhile poet, young Jack, to his class with Miss Stretchberry – who exposes him to simple, famous poetry (e.g. William Carlos Williams) and asks him to write some back. Employing the lessons he learned in Love That Dog, he is less resistant – but equally successful.
In this case Jack explores his purported antipathy for cats – while really continuing his discovery of and appreciation for language, vocabulary, turns of phrase – all the elegance that poetry can provide. He also uses poetry again to develop and express his feelings.
It is Creech’s genius to use Jack to slow down the reader’s own ability to acknowledge, appreciate, and concentrate on felicitous turns of phrase – “…even though it is fun/to imagine/a purple pickle/a polished pencil/and chocolate chalk” – the bread and butter of poetry.
When jack learns about tintinnabulation via Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Bells” he responds by racing to describe his world through active gerunds and participles. But readers/listeners/students too are able to learn not just the vocabulary of poetry (not the point of the book) – but to see and hear and investigate language with the attention and focus of poets.
Reading Sharon Creech provides a sly Language Arts microscope into the world – and emotion – of finely wrought language and writing – via poetry.
Note: Hate That Cat can be read alone – or in conjunction with Love That Dog. Both are short and can be read in a week or two. And for those families and schools that want more – move onto the more ambitious and multi-themed Heartbeat.